THE UK TAKES MORE THAN ITS FAIR SHARE OF MIGRANTS

THE UK EXPERIENCE OF INTERNATIONAL MIGRATION IS NOT REMARKABLE WHEN COMPARED WITH OTHER WESTERN COUNTRIES

 

The UK operates in a global economy where people will migrate to and from areas responding to the supply and demand needs of the labour market.

 Not only has the UK’s immigration grown in line with world migration, but the UK has a smaller proportion of immigrants and lower rates of net immigration than the US, Canada, Australia and several large European countries.

 Less than 3% of the world’s migrants live in the UK compared with 5% in Germany and 20% in the US.

 (Finney and Simpson, ‘Sleepwalking to segregation’? Challenging myths about race and migration 2009)

  Many of the migrants arriving in the UK from Eastern European countries during the economic boom of the early 21st century have since returned home